Care­givers Fo­rum; 2016 Pro­gram An­nounced

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Ma­gog Spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion Town­ship­pers' As­so­ci­a­tion

Town­ship­pers’ As­so­ci­a­tion’s third an­nual Care­givers Fo­rum, on Satur­day, March 19, will of­fer English-speak­ing care­givers a unique op­por­tu­nity to gather tools, in­for­ma­tion and re­sources to help them bet­ter care for them­selves while car­ing for their loved ones. Open to all com­mu­nity mem­bers, this free event opens at 10 am at Princess El­iz­a­beth El­e­men­tary School, 120 Bellevue in Ma­gog, and will in­clude lunch and gift, a chance to meet with lo­cal com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions and an op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in two work­shops fa­cil­i­tated by lo­cal ex­perts. Care­givers in the Town­ships will have the chance to learn how to care for them­selves while car­ing for a loved ones at the free an­nual Care­givers Fo­rum on March 19 in Ma­gog. The key­note pre­sen­ta­tion, of­fered by Ms. Amanda Roche­leau, will be­gin at 10:30 am. Ms. Roche­leau is a reg­is­tered so­cial worker, a com­pas­sion fa­tigue ther­a­pist, and an ad­vo­cate for tak­ing care of one­self while car­ing for oth­ers.

“Peo­ple who serve oth­ers in need do so be­cause they have a tal­ent to em­pathize and re­spond with com­pas­sion,” ac­cord­ing to Ms. Roche­leau. “How­ever, em­pa­thy can be like a dou­ble-edged sword. The more we feel for oth­ers who are suf­fer­ing the more we may suf­fer our­selves.” Through her pre­sen­ta­tion, Ms. Roche­leau will share tips for man­ag­ing the symp­toms of com­pas­sion fa­tigue and po­ten­tial burnout. Ms. Roche­leau’s pre­sen­ta­tion will be fol­lowed by a lunch dur­ing which time par­tic­i­pants will be able to get to know lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions of­fer­ing ser­vices and re­sources for care­givers. Af­ter­noon work­shops then take place from 12:15 pm to 1 pm and 1:15 pm to 2 pm. For the first work­shop, par­tic­i­pants are in­vited to choose from one of two op­tions: a work­shop on healthy liv­ing and healthy prac­tices of­fered by ki­ne­si­ol­o­gist Cather­ine St-Pierre, or a work­shop on home se­cu­rity and fraud preven­tion, of­fered by Sûreté du Québec po­lice of­fi­cer Pa­trice Gré­goire. For the se­cond work­shop, at­ten­dees can ei­ther par­tic­i­pate in a work­shop of­fered by Edith Cha­put, a no­tary spe­cial­iz­ing in the pro­tec­tion of as­sets, or one of­fered by Stephan Elkas, Vice-Pres­i­dent and Di­rec­tor of Steve L. Elkas Fu­neral Homes.

The third an­nual Care­givers Fo­rum is in­tended to of­fer tools, in­for­ma­tion, and re­sources to help and sup­port com­mu­nity care­givers. The event is open to all com­mu­nity mem­bers – af­ter all, at some point in all of our lives, we may likely find our­selves oc­cu­py­ing the role of care­giver to an­other, whether by choice or not.

The Care­givers Fo­rum is pre­sented by Town­ship­pers’ As­so­ci­a­tion, in part­ner­ship with the Mem­phré­m­a­gog Com­mu­nity Learn­ing Cen­ter, the Com­mu­nity Health and So­cial Ser­vices Net­work (CHSSN), Cass Fu­neral Homes, the Depart­ment of Cana­dian Her­itage and McGill Train­ing and Re­ten­tion Pro­ject.

Reg­is­tra­tion is not re­quired and all are wel­come. Free tote bags will be given to the first 100 guests, cour­tesy of the Of­fice of the Com­mis­sioner of Of­fi­cial Lan­guages.

For ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion about the Care­givers Fo­rum, please visit Town­ship­pers’ As­so­ci­a­tion on­line at www.Town­ship­, email ta@town­ship­ or call the Town­ship­pers’ of­fice near you: Estrie 819-566-5717, toll free 1-866-566-5717, Mon­térégie East 450-242-4421, toll free 1-877-242-4421.

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